No.25 Squadron

On a gauntlet a hawk rising affrontée
Badge
On a gauntlet a hawk rising affrontée
Motto
Feriens tego - Striking I defend
Formed
25 September 1915
Disbanded
Current

No 25 Squadron formed at Montrose on 25 Sep 1915 and moved to France in 1916 to carry out fighter reconnaissance patrols and offensive bombing missions over the Western front. In 1917 the squadron converted to DH4s and began long range photo reconnaissance and high altitude bombing. It disbanded on 20 Jan 1920 but reformed immediately equipped with Snipes as Britains only home based fighter squadron. During the 1920s the Squadron became well known for aerobatic displays.

During the World War 2 the unit operated as a night fighter, intruder and bomber support squadron. Retained as a night fighter unit after the war No 25 Squadron became the first squadron to be equipped with jets in this role. The Squadron disbanded on 1 July 1958. On 1 July 1958 No 153 Squadron was renumbered No 25 Squadron. The unit continued to fly night and all weather fighters. It disbanded on 30 November 1962.

On 1 October 1963 the Squadron was reformed becoming the first Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile (SAM) unit Squadron responsible for defence of the V bomber bases and training of all Bloodhound personnel. It moved to Germany in 1970. In 1983 it returned to the UK. The squadron disbanded on 1 October 1989. The squadron reformed the same day at RAF Leeming equipped with the Tornado F3.


AIRCRAFT

Miscellaneous types 1915 - 1916
F.E.2b/d 1916 - 1917
DH4 1917 - 1919
DH9A 1918 - 1919
Snipe 1920 - 1924
Grebe 1924 - 1929
Siskin IIIA 1929 - 1932
Fury 1932 - 1937
Demon 1937 - 1938
Gladiator 1938 - 1939
Blenheim I/IV 1938 - 1941
Beaufighter 1940 - 1943
Havoc 1941 - 1941
Mosquito II/VI/XVII/30/36 1942 - 1951
Vampire 1951 - 1954
Meteor 12/14 1954 - 1959
Javelin 7/9 1959 - 1962
Bloodhound 1/2 1963 - 1989
Tornado 3 1989 - date (30 June 2006)


Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft Phillip J R Moyes Macdonald & Jane’s 1976

Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft John D R Rawlings Crecy Books 1993

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